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Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2012 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.
What you do in your life, in the context of who you are, will have an effect on who you are as a person.“Who you are is defined by your beliefs and your behaviors,” says Michael H. Smith, director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Urban Policy.
These two words — “beliefs” and “behaviors” — in describing people are used interchangeably in the United States. They can be used interchangeably by the same people. But, in fact, beliefs and behaviors are not the same thing. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.
People are not just about beliefs and behaviors.
We want to know who we are and what we stand for. So we go to church or synagogue. We read the Ten Commandments, or we try to follow a diet.
As humans, we have beliefs and behaviors. These are essential parts of who we are.
But beliefs and behaviors are not the same. Beliefs are more basic to the person. They are the core. Beliefs are what you believe. Beliefs are how you live. Beliefs are what you think. Beliefs are what you say. Beliefs are who you are.
It is beliefs that define who you are. And beliefs are what make you who you are. What is your belief system? You have belief systems, and some beliefs are more important than others.
So for example, you might be very religious. You might be a practicing Jew. You may even be a practicing Christian. Yet, you might be very much into sports. You might be a football fanatic. You might be